SIUE Gains NASAD National Accreditation

Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) July 02, 2014

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has accredited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The four-year process came to a conclusion in early June.

Accreditation is achieved through both self-study and peer review processes. The comprehensive evaluation process began in 2011. The next comprehensive review is scheduled during the 2021-22 academic year.

Barbara Nwacha, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design within SIUEs College of Arts and Sciences, credited the many institutional leaders who drove the process. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero and Vice Chancellor for Administration Kenn Neher were key supporters, she said. Art and Design Professors Ivy Cooper and Thad Duhigg played important roles as Ivy began the process, and Thad worked closely with Kenn on building and safety improvements.

With a wide variety of offices and administrators supporting the effort, Art and Design Associate Professor John DenHouter worked closely with Dean Romero to further the process.

This is a major accomplishment that should be beneficial to SIUE Art and Design as we continue to attract students who desire the best instruction as they seek to fulfill their creative potential, Nwacha said. The accreditation process is time intensive but rewarding. The acknowledgement that our programs and facilities meet this high standard is extremely gratifying.

The best testimonial of the high quality of instruction art and design students receive can be seen every year when those students, both graduate and undergraduate, show on campus their pieces of art on so many different media, Romero said. Visitors experience a highly professional gallery exhibit.

NASAD has certified the following undergraduate degree programs in SIUEs Department of Art and Design: art history, studio art, art education, and art and design. NASAD certified the following graduate programs in SIUEs Department of Art and Design: art therapy counseling and studio art.

SIUEs Art and Design Building renovation and expansion debuted with a grand opening during Spring 2012. The vibrant $ 16 million project provides a welcoming atmosphere for faculty, staff, students and the greater community. The structures feature a distinctive beauty and openness, and centralize the Universitys art programs, including ceramics/glass, drawing, foundations, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography/digital arts, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, art education, art history and art therapy.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an association of approximately 323 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines. It is the national accrediting agency for art and design, and art and design-related disciplines. The Association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis.

Central to SIUEs exceptional and comprehensive education, the College of Arts and Sciences has 19 departments and 85 areas of study. More than 300 full-time faculty/instructors deliver classes to more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty help students explore diverse ideas and experiences, while learning to think and live as fulfilled, productive members of the global community. Study abroad, service-learning, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities better prepare SIUE students not only to succeed in our region’s workplaces, but also to become valuable leaders who make important contributions to our communities.

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Russell Printers Acquire Embroidered Workwear Company

Birmingham, West Midlands (PRWEB UK) 14 July 2014

Russell Printers Ltd. have purchased an embroidered workwear company to expand their print services. The Birmingham-based commercial printers acquired BCR Workwear in May 2014 and can now offer customised corporate clothing in addition to their digital and lithographic print services.

This acquisition has enabled Russell Printers to produce embroidered goods within five working days, which is unusually fast within this industry and keeps in line with their other prompt services, including same-day digital print and delivery within the Birmingham area.

Russell Printers Director Ian Breakwell said this of the new development: When BCR Workwear was offered to us earlier this year, we did our homework and soon realised it could be a good opportunity to run alongside our existing service. After all it is almost like printing but on clothing instead of paper!

We purchased the order book in the buyout and are delighted to have kept a good percentage of the existing client base, He added.

Russell Printers is a family business established in 1905 as E.H. Russell & Company Ltd. The company specialises in same day and next day corporate print services for products such as business cards, stationery, leaflets, and posters. More information can be found by visiting

Embroidered corporate workwear can be purchased via the BCR Workwear website.

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I thought it was a long shot says Chris Moriarity, Vice President of Marketing for Enso Ink. Then I got a call from Miller Lite and it hit me that we may actually have a shot! Moriarity, a long-time Miller Lite fan, decided to enter his business plan for high end tattoo care products called Enso Ink he and 3 partners had started back in 2011. The first phase was to head to Los Angeles to pitch to Daymond John of Shark Tank and a live audience for a $ 20,000 semi-final prize. We had some great competition in LA, John, (the inventor and manufacturer of the products) and I gave it our all. Needless to say we were floored when Daymond John announced Enso Ink had won.

The next phase for Enso Inks team was to head to Chicago where they pitched to a scrupulous board of venture capitalists at the Miller-Coors headquarters. We are up against the other 4 regional semi-final winners, the judges have a tough decision ahead of them, said Moriarity. I think we would be a good fit for Tap the Future and Miller Lite.

Enso Ink is for the 25% of the population under 50 who has at least one tattoo. The products are formulated to affect the way light reflects off the artwork on the skin. By using compounds that have a high refractive-index, tattoos appear brighter and richer. Enso Ink is looking to market their tattoo care in high end salons and department stores. Tattoos aren’t what they used to be, says Moriarity. They are living, breathing pieces of art that many professionals are proud to display; we want to help them maintain their richness and enhance their vibrancy.

Miller Lites Tap the Future is the business competition that pits like-minded groups of entrepreneurs against each other to claim their slice of a $ 300K prize pool. In addition, it offers business seminars, live pitch opportunities, and access to mentors and business moguls like Daymond John from ABCs Shark Tank.

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